What is a bycatch mitigation method?
A bycatch mitigation method is a technique that fishers can use to reduce catch of non-target species. It may involve a change in fishing practice, such as reducing longline soak time and avoiding protected species 'hot spots', or a change in gear, such as using circle hooks instead of J hooks. BMIS descriptions of mitigation methods summarize current knowledge on bycatch reduction techniques
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